History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

by Michael Hoskin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192803069

ISBN-13: 9780192803061

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This is a fascinating introduction to the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century. Historical records are first found in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical approach to culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy…  See more details below

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This is a fascinating introduction to the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century. Historical records are first found in Babylon and Egypt, and after two millennia the arithmetical astronomy of the Babylonians merged with the Greek geometrical approach to culminate in the Almagest of Ptolemy. This legacy was transmitted to the Latin West via Islam, and led to Copernicus's claim that the Earth is in motion. In justifying this Kepler converted astronomy into a branch of dynamics, leading to Newton's universal law of gravity. The book concludes with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century applications of Newton's law, and the first explorations of the universe of stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192803061
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
614,357
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

1. The Sky in Prehistory
2. Astronomy in Antiquity
3. Astronomy in Middle Ages
4. Astronomy Transformed
5. Astronomy in the Age of Newton
6. Exploring the Universe of Stars
Epilogue
Further Reading

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